Mumbai, January 2 (CNN/News18): Bollywood star Kader Khan has died in hospital in Canada at the age of 81 following a prolonged illness.
Khan was born in 1937 in Kabul, Afghanistan. His family moved to Mumbai when he was a young boy.
He made his acting debut in 1973 with the film “Daag” starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. Over the course of his career, he went on to act in over 300 films.
Prior to making his on screen debut, Khan was a renowned script writer, whose talents helped to produce a string of Bollywood smash hits, including “Dharam Veer,” “Coolie,” “Amar Akbar Anthony,” “Sharaabi,” “Lawaaris” and “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.”
On Tuesday, Bollywood stars past and present took to social media to offer their condolences, amid a flood of heartfelt tributes.
Amitabh Bachchan described the news of Khan’s death as “depressing,” adding that he was a “writer of eminence in most of my very successful films.”